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Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ 2016
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Average hotel room prices paid per night by U.S. travelers by star rating during 2016 in 30 popular destinations

Looking for a budget weekend away, just for a change, or a luxury break for that special occasion? Then check out the price by star rating information shown here to see how to stretch your budget that little bit further. For instance, if value is more important than location, 5-star accommodations in many destinations off the beaten track can be booked for the same amount as lower star categories in more familiar locations. Want an upgrade? Moving up a star rating may not cost as much as you think. And alternatively, going down a star could save quite a bit in some cases, especially if the amenities provided by that extra star are not vital to your stay.

Pro traveler tip: look for hotels with guest ratings much higher than their star ratings for superb value.

Lowest average 5-star accommodation for U.S. travelers: Istanbul at $124 per night
Highest average 5-star accommodation for U.S. travelers: Reykjavik at $572 per night

Living the luxury life

  • The sum of $448 separated the highest and lowest averages paid for a single night in 5-star hotels across the world’s most popular cities for U.S. travelers. Reykjavik topped the list at $572 a night. U.S. cities occupied five places in the top 10 highest 5-star prices paid, with Anaheim, Charlotte and Honolulu near the top.
  • The lowest 5-star averages were recorded in Istanbul, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. For the price of just one night in Reykjavik, U.S. travelers could have enjoyed four nights in a 5-star hotel in the Thai or Turkish capital. The lowest U.S. 5-star rate was recorded in Las Vegas at $232.
Top 10 lowest averages paid by U.S. travelers per night for 5-star hotels in 2016
City Country 2016 ($)
Istanbul Turkey 124
Bangkok Thailand 142
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 150
Bogota Colombia 163
Berlin Germany 169
Panama City Panama 175
Beijing China 180
Prague Czech Republic 184
Melbourne Australia 184
Frankfurt Germany 191
  • Berlin
Top 10 highest averages paid by U.S. travelers per night for 5-star hotels in 2016
City Country 2016 ($)
Reykjavik Iceland 572
Anaheim, CA U.S.A. 566
Charlotte, NC U.S.A. 518
Honolulu, HI U.S.A. 489
Cancun Mexico 466
Playa Del Carmen Mexico 440
Florence Italy 408
Venice Italy 397
Los Angeles, CA U.S.A. 379
Kyoto Japan 377

Value and choice in 4-stars

  • There were 33 destinations with 4-star averages of less than $150 a night, with Istanbul, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City all forming the lowest three once again.
  • Five U.S. cities including Albuquerque, Oklahoma City and Jacksonville were also part of this group.
Las Vegas

Budget savvy

  • Twelve of the 15 lowest 3-star averages were seen in Asia and Latin America, all offering average prices of under $80 a night. They included Bogota, Bali, Buenos Aires and Seoul. Las Vegas was only $10 a night more at this level but Boston was almost three times higher.
  • There were plenty of examples of great 2-star value options, with averages below $50 easily found around the world from Latin America to Asia and Australia. There were even a few surprises in this category, since Cancun, Tokyo and Hong Kong, traditionally very highly-priced destinations, crept onto the list.
  • For an inexpensive break in Europe, Istanbul had the lowest average in the region, while Albuquerque earned this accolade in the U.S.
Average hotel room prices per night paid by U.S. travelers by star rating in selected cities in 2016
City Country 5-star ($) 4-star ($) 3-star ($) 2-star ($)
Albuquerque, NM U.S.A. n/a 135 92 58
Anaheim, CA U.S.A. 566 176 166 115
Bangkok Thailand 142 73 37 21
Buenos Aires Argentina 224 113 63 35
Cancun Mexico 466 239 80 44
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 150 83 40 22
Istanbul Turkey 124 70 48 62
Las Vegas, NV U.S.A. 232 123 90 71
London United Kingdom 367 223 140 83
New York, NY U.S.A. 371 255 203 113
Reykjavik Iceland 572 275 190 103
Washington, DC U.S.A. 334 226 211 105
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